Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on the Syrian War Market Effects. (See the Precious Metals and Commodities sections.)
Precious Metals (Syrian War Market Effects):
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Economy & Finance:
Recent events, from Azerbijan’s perspective: “Report”: Happenings around Syria will affect world economy
Commodities (Syrian War Market Effects):
The spot price of crude oil jumped 8% to $67 per barrel by last Thursday — the highest price for crude oil since late in 2014. But unless the war goes regional (or wider), then we can expect to see the spot price of crude settle substantially in the next two weeks. – JWR
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In a recent video, Luke Rudkowski and Jeff Berwick reported on the skepticism of the new Zimbabwean Bond Note, which was introduced last year. This currency was intended to trade at 1-to-1 with the U.S. Dollar. But it has already inflated to a 18-to-1 trade ratio with the Dollar on the free market! It was also interesting to see that Zimbabweans are willing to pay a 50%+ premium for Bitcoin. As newcomers, Rudkowski and Berwick got a few things wrong, but overall, it was a good current report.
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Next up, at ForexLive: Trading Ideas for the European Session – 17 April 2018
Over at Survival Frog, here is a slightly different perspective on the fundamentals of barter goods: Bartering Basics: How to Trade Goods After SHTF
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